Adult Basic and Family Literacy Education
Adult basic and family literacy education programs are funded by the
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Adult Education, to provide a
full range of instructional services that prepare Pennsylvanians looking to
develop the basic skills necessary to participate fully in the education of
their children, find and keep family-sustaining employment, or obtain a
secondary school credential. The Division of Adult Education also oversees high
school equivalency testing in Pennsylvania and provides professional development for
adult education and family literacy program staff, including training for volunteer tutors of adult education.
Pennsylvania Department of Education awards grants under Title II of the
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, 29 USC § 3301 et seq., and
under the Pennsylvania Adult and Family Literacy Education Act, 24 P.S. §§
6402-6409 for adult and family literacy education programs in the Commonwealth.
These awards include federal funds for integrated English literacy and civics
education (IELCE) programs.
Activities to be conducted under these grants create
partnerships among the Federal Government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
and local entities to provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education and family
literacy services. The intent of adult education and family literacy services
is to assist adults to become literate; to obtain the knowledge and skills
necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency; to become full partners
in the education and development of their children; to achieve sustainable
improvements in the economic opportunities for their families; to attain a
secondary school diploma; and to transition to postsecondary education and
training, including through career pathways. Services also assist immigrants
and other individuals who are English language learners to improve their
reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English; to improve
their math skills; and to acquire an understanding of the American system of government,
individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.
Advisors are responsible for overseeing all programming in the agencies assigned to them, including adult education, integrated English literacy and civics education, and family
literacy. All questions should be addressed to the assigned advisor.
Sonya Harris Saunders
- Allegheny IU 3
- Altoona Area School District
- Chester Co. OIC
- Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies
- Huntingdon County Child & Adult Development Corporation
- Indochinese American Council
- Intermediate Unit 1
- Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc.
- Keystone Opportunity Center
- Literacy Pittsburgh
- Luzerne County Community College
- Marywood University
- New World Association
- Norristown Area School District
- Pathways PA, Inc.
- The Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus
- Project of Easton, Inc.
- Reading Area Community College
- Somerset County Technology Center
- Titusville Regional Literacy Council
- United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania
- York City School District
- YWCA Tri-County Area
- Center for Literacy, Inc.
- Community Learning Center
- Delaware County Literacy Council
- District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
- Employment Skills Center
- Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13
- Lehigh Carbon Community College
- Northampton Community College
- Temple University
- Statewide Distance Learning Project (Tuscarora IU 11)
- VITA Education Services
- Statewide Leadership Activities/Professional Development System Coordinator
Mary Kay Peters
- ARIN IU 28
- Bradford Co Action, Inc.
- Butler County Community College
- Central IU 10
- Central Susquehanna IU 16
- Lincoln IU 12
- Northwest Tri-County IU 5
- Seneca Highlands IU 9
- Tri County OIC
- Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma/High School Equivalency Program Administrator